Fall Spooktacular Draws Large Crowd of Spooky People

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  • By Lori Risdal
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Over 120 Siouxland Military and their family members attended the Military Family Spooktacular on Saturday, October 20th, Camp Goodwill, South Sioux City Nebraska. This event was open to area families who have a service member currently serving in any branch of the Guard, Reserves or Active Duty.

Everyone was encouraged to wear costumes, and families went all out to compete for the title of Best Family Costume. SMSgt Jack Fergen, wife Kathie and their two children, dressed as the Munsters, walked away with the title. Children went trick or treating at various locations around the campground, while looking for clues for the spooky scavenger hunt. Adults and older children enjoyed the haunted trail ride, with jumps, screams and laughter around every corner. Younger children showed their creative side, decorating pumpkins and creating witches' hand popcorn treats to enjoy later. Toasting up marshmallows at the fire pit was another favorite activity.

Molly Gray, S.A.F.E. President, noted "What a wonderful collaboration with everyone to bring abut a family friendly, incredibly fun event for area military families! We have had many calls asking if people can help with the next one."

This event was the first collaborative effort by Camp Goodwill, Dakota Co UNL Extension Office, USAA, the Bats Family Club, & military support group S.A.F.E. (Serving Armed Forces Everyday) to provide a safe, fun and low cost event for Siouxland military families as part of the Siouxland Joining Community Forces Initiative. Future plans include low cost youth and family day camps and retreats.

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